Trump makes pitch to Hispanic voters in bid to flip New Mexico

President Donald Trump

The Trump campaign has an unprecedented war chest to spend on watch-list states like New Mexico. | Patrick Semansky/AP File Photo

President Trump wooed Hispanic voters in a New Mexico rally Monday, launching a bid to flip the blue state.

“We love our Hispanics,” Trump told the crowd.

Trump said Hispanic voters should support him because his border wall would curb drug smuggling and illegal immigration. “At the whole center of this crisis is the drugs that are pouring in, and you understand that when other people don’t understand it,” he said.

Trump lost New Mexico by eight percentage points in 2016, and Republicans lost key races there in 2018. Critics said the state’s voters dislike Trump’s aggressive immigration policies and white-identity politics.

“I’m very skeptical that New Mexico is up for grabs for him,” said Chris Luchini, chair of the state’s Libertarian Party.

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